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take care. last day in court, casey anthony is sentenced today for lying to investigators in her daughter's death but she could be set free in just a few hours. we'll look ahead at what's ahead for her. budget battle. president obama is putting social security cuts on the table for the first time. we'll ask house republican leader eric cantor about today's meeting and if he's thinking about going along with the president's demand to close tax loopholes. one for countdown. nasa says go for tomorrow's shuttle launch though bad weather is in the forecast. we'll have the latest from the kennedy space center plus a look at space travel after the space shuttle program. "early" this morning, july 11th,
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2011. captioning funded by cbs >> good morning. welcome to "the early show" on this thursday morning. i'm chris wragge. >> and i'm erica hill. launch pad 39a, the shuttle "atlantis" scheduled to take off tomorrow, 11:26 a.m. the latest weather reports though -- >> not good. >> -- not so favorable. 30% chance the conditions will be ripe. >> the good news is the 70% chance they're not going to go. that's the bad news, we get ready for tomorrow's shuttle launch. richard branson believes this is the next adventure in space travel, tourism. he believes we'll get off the ground in the next 12 to 18 months. flights are books. >> they're not cheap by the way. first president obama meets at the white house with done depressional leaders with both parties, ready to make an
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historic offer on social security. cbs news senior white house correspondent bill plante has the latest for us this morning. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. the. the has raised the stakes for today's meeting, sources here say he's ready to make an offer for a dramatic restructuring of the entire federal fiscal outlay that could include cuts in all the major entitlement programs including social security in exchange for a tax overhaul. he's already floated this idea to the republican leadership, but publicly at least they still remain skeptical about what they're going to hear today. >> i hope that there will be some kind of breakthrough tomorrow, maybe he could begin by telling us what he has in mind. we've had a difficult time trying to get a clear proposal out of the president and his people. >> reporter: at a town hall meeting where questions for the president came via the twitter social network, mr. obama continued to warn that if the u.s. can't pay its bills, there
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will be dire consequences. >> it could cause a whole new spiral into a second recession or worse. so this is something that we shouldn't be toying with. >> reporter: the president repeated his demand that a deal to cut the budget and extend the debt limit must be balanced with everything on the table. >> the debt ceiling should not be something that is used as a gun against the heads of the american people to extract tax breaks for corporate jet owners or oil and gas companies. >> reporter: house republican leader eric cantor told reporters his party would be willing to talk about tax breaks, "if the president wants to talk loopholes, we'll be glad to talk loopholes." in the senate republican john mccain urged an end to some of the biggest loopholes. >> we should eliminate all agricultural subsidies including sugar programs, end corporate welfare, end tax breaks for
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corporations for things like corporate jets. we seriously looked at curbing corporate subsidies, all americans would benefit. >> reporter: democratic officials familiar with the negotiations, as they prefer to be known around here, say that the president is now looking at something not just at $2 trillion, the number was floating out there but more like $4 trillion and he's going to tell republicans this would be an opportunity for both parties to tell the voters they had done something historic to restrength tour the nation's debt. >> bill plante at the white house, i like that term nothing by the way. coming up we'll speak with house majority leader eric cantor going to this morning's meeting at the white house, get more information on what he is willing to bring to the table as bill mentioned. >> erica thank you. this may be casey anthony's last day in jail after being cleared of charges she killed her daughter. the judge may decide anthony has been locked up long enough.
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karen brown is in orlando where emotions are still running high this morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, chris. security will be especially tight here today for the sentencing hearing, already some people starting to show up including two young men who drove all the way from west virginia because they support casey anthony. the judge has basically three choices, he can give her more jail time, he can release her on probation or he can set her free for time already served. even on a day when casey anthony wasn't in court, fascinated onlookers began lining up on wednesday to get a seat at today's sentencing. vivian defario drove two hours to get to the orlando courthouse. >> i want to see the final results, i want to see everything unfold tomorrow. >> reporter: while many were devastated by tuesday's verdict. >> we the vury find the defendant not guilty. >> reporter: this juror told she and the fellow jurors couldn't
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convict because the prosecution left unanswered questions. >> don't you have to know how they killed someone or where, when, why, how? those are important questions that were not answered. >> reporter: anthony was found guilty of lying to investigators which carries a maximum sentence of four years. >> she is definitely guilty. >> reporter: with another mob expected to surround the courthouse, the orange county sheriff's department is already making plans to bring the 25-year-old to an undisclosed location for her safety. >> she's widely despised seemingly by most of america if you read facebook, twitter and listen to commentary. >> reporter: prosecutors are asking the judge to recover some of their investigative costs an undisclosed sum that anthony would have to pay. where casey anthony will live remains unclear. there has been speculation she could move to texas to live with an aunt, her father, george, was seen briefly at the family's home on wednesday, but neither
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he or cindy anthony have spoken to their daughter since 2008. mark litman, the anthony's attorney says a family meeting is in the works. anthony hasn't worked since 2006 at a theme park. one publisher says a tell-all book could be worth more than a half a million dollars to anthony. another juror has come forward, he did not want to be identified but he told a local paper that he, too, wanted to convict casey anthony based on emotions, there just wasn't enough evidence. chris? >> cbs's karen brown in orlando this morning, thank you. let's bring in legal analyst jack ford to discuss this a little further. jack i think what you want, people at home can think what they want about casey anthony. she's just a first-time offender. what would a sentence normally be? >> first offender misdemeanor charge giving false information to a police officer, getting probation, paying a little bit of costs, classic illustration
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you call up and tell police your next door neighbor is selling drugs out of their house, turns out to be wrong and you confess to it, going to get probation, maybe community service, maybe pay a little bit of what the costs were for them to investigate that but generally speaking first-time offender. casey anthony is very different. given the circumstances i don't think you'll see the judge say probation. they'll say stack the four years on top of each other, give her credit for the time served and also good time for the time she's been in the institution. >> does this come into play at all? even some of the jurors will say not guilty of murder but she's not innocent either. will the judge use that at all? >> no, not going to articulate it that way but it's out there, sort of hovering around because, and it's hovering in the sense that the judge could easily say and i think this would be appropriate, if you were a first time offender i'd give you probation but you lied about an investigation that involved the death of your daughter so he's
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not saying you're guilty of it but he's saying those are the circumstances surrounding it and as a consequence i'm going to be more severe in my sentence than i would otherwise. >> say the judge says she needs to serve more time. if you're appeal or do you say as her attorney you dodged a bullet. >> if she has to do another month, hold on to your toothbrush, do your month, get out, you still have a life to live. i couldn't imagine they would make a lot of noise about that. >> we'll find out at 9:00 this morning, jack ford thank you very much. here's jeff glor with a check of the other headlines. >> good morning to you. we begin with breaking news a search is on for people trapped under a roof collapse at a soccer stadium. this collapse happened during renovation work at a stadium near the hague in the netherlands. right now an unknown number of people are believed to be trapped under the wreckage. you can see what the collapsed roof looks like. emergency responders are on the
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scene. the phone hacking scandal in britain appears to be getting worse by the day. telephone numbers of families of soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan have been found in the files of an investigator working for the "news of the world." on today's anniversary of the terror attack on london's transit system there are claims the paper hacked into mobile phones of families of terror victims. the paper is under fire for allegedly hacking into the phone messages of a missing teenager later found murdered. a rare and deadly grizzly bear attack at yellowstone national park. park officials say a 57-year-old man and his wife were hiking yesterday and surprised a female bear and her cubs. the bear mauled the man and he died. his wife survived with cuts and bruises. >> this is the first time that there has been a bear caused human fatality in yellowstone in 25 years. >> bears have killed two other people in the area around yellowstone in just more than a
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year. finally the perloined picasso, the drawing worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was taken tuesday from a gallery in san francisco and look at this, the guy just walked out no noncha lantly, a security camera caught him carrying it to a nearby taxi. authorities released the video hoping someone notices him. marysol castro, help us out. >> listen, jeff, if you act like you know what you're doing, chances are people will believe you. good morning, everyone. we look at the central plains, the focus for any sort of thunderstorms for today, springfield is under the gun. we're not looking at tornadic activity, but we are looking at some rain, some hail and some very gusty winds. in the southeast, it continues to be very warm, florida is under the gun for a lot of rain, through most of the day, some places getting as much as an inch. that's a look at the weather
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across the nation. let's see what's happening outside your window. thanks so much. that's your latest weather. here's erica, good morning. >> thanks. good morning to you. ever since the first moon mission of the 1960s, america dominated outer space. that era comes to a close with the launch of the space shuttle "atlantis." bob orr is at the space center this morning with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. this is the grand finale of a 30-year space odyssey that kept the united states as john
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kennedy once observed the greatest space center on earth. as "atlantis" comes home the space shuttle program will be shut down. the weather is dicey, nasa says the chance of a friday morning liftoff is no better than 30%. >> we still have a lot of moisture in the atmosphere over the next few days so it's not certainly clean ingredient. >> liftoff -- >> reporter: whenever "atlantis" blasts off it will be the 135th and final shuttle mission for a program that began in 1981. there have been stunning successes, the hubble space telescope was carried into orbit by shuttle "discovery" and over the last 12 missions 36 missions have built and supplied the international space station. the program has been marked by twin tragedies which killed 14 astronauts, "challenger" in 1986, "columbia" in 2003, dual reminders that exploration is never free. >> in the history of this program we've lost one going up and one coming down, and it is a
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tremendously risky endeavor. >> reporter: while the "columbia" accident did not immediately end the space program it exposed significant risks and in 2004 the bush administration ordered the eventual retirement of the aging shuttle fleet. now time is up. "atlantis" will ferry 8,200 pounds of supplies and equipment to the space station to keep it going for 2012. then for the first time in 50 years, the u.s. will have no launch vehicle, and until a new one can be built perhaps in five years, american astronauts will hitch rides from their former space rival on russian soyuz spacecraft. >> right now we are dependent on russia and i find that unseemly for the united states, i find that unseemly in the extreme. >> reporter: the obama administration insists they will build spacecraft to go farther into deep space.
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so the launch of "atlantis" will be bittersweet will be sure, a big celebration marked by big questions of what's ahead. >> bob, thanks. also with us is charles bolden, nasa administrator. >> good to be with you. >> there's a lot of criticism, including john glenn, by ending the program the way it's being ended without a backup plan this is ignoring a cardinal rule at nasa, saying there should be something else ready to go. how do you respond? >> we spent seven years with a well organized transition plan for phasing out shuttle and moving on to the next era. we're excited about what president obama is allowing us to do, working hard with the commercial entities, we hope to fly our first commercial crew, cargo missions early next year, they will be american made rockets flying cargo to the international space station and starting to work with commercial entities, hope to release a
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request for proposal on commercial contracts to take crew to orbit, maybe three years after we let the contract, we'll have a capability. >> many do see this and a number of astronauts have spoken over the last few weeks have said it seems like u.s. manned space flight is hanging by a thread. mike griffin said it doesn't seem like good national policy to fly with the russians. the next astronaut that goes up may not have a nasa badge on. >> with all due respect american astronaut also continue to operate on the international space station at least through 2020 and we're actually certifying the station so we can operate beyond that, if that's what the nation and our international partners choose. >> what happens though at the end of this mission? what is the future for nasa and so many folks employed by the shuttle program? >> as soon as we safely get "atlantis" back on the ground, the folk down here at the kennedy space center are going
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to turn their attention to completing the renovations on the launch pads and some of the other facilities, really trying to make the center ready for any commercial entities that will want to come here. we're talking to some of them about processing their vehicles here, about doing some tests here so the future is actually bright. we're in a lull now but we'll come out. >> some ideas but doesn't sound like it's concrete. on a personal level as a former astronaut, four different missions as you watch this launch and this mission, how will it be different for you? >> oh, erica i'm hoping it will not be different. my most will be in the launch control center where i usually am, watching data like everybody else. i've asked the team to stay focused and if i'm going to be their leader i need to remain focused. as i hear the wheels stop it will be like every other mission for me. >> charles bolden thanks for your time. >> thank you very much. still to come, thousands of airline pilots spend hours getting to work and the concern is that all that time is making
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just who will fill that void in space with no more shuttle flights? british billionaire richard branson thinks space tourism is the next frontier. this morning el we ale us about his plans to rocket ordinary folks into space. the cost of that experience, oh about 200 grand, but if you can wait a few years he says that price will drop dramatically. welcome back to "the early show" everyone. a lot of dough. >> extra 50 grand extra leg room. if you fly a lot, a new government warning says al qaeda may start putting bombs inside the body of terrorists, creating a threat that can't be detected. a new report on pilot
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fatigue, long commutes to work, thousands of miles may make flying more dangerous. a new story coming up. jeff glor with a look at other headlines we are following this morning. good morning. >> erica good morning to you. good morning to everyone at home. casey anthony could walk out of jail this morning after spending nearly three years behind bars. people have already started to gather outside the courtroom this morning for anthony's sentencing for four counts of lying to police. the judge might give anthony time served. on tuesday she was found not guilty of killing her daughter, caylee. another meeting between president obama and congressional leaders. republicans are willing to close some tax loopholes for businesses. president obama is looking to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years. a much bigger number than before, double the number before. >> the last shuttle flight may be delayed. nasa says there's a 70% chance of bad weather at the kennedy space center tomorrow when
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"atlantis" was or is scheduled to take off. if it doesn't happen by sunday the launch will be put off for another week. the man who spent 16 years on the fbi's most wanted list showed up in a boston courtroom yesterday, 81-year-old whitey bulger, the former mob boss who was found last month in santa monica pleaded not guilty, charged with 19 killings and racketeering. lawyers for dominique strauss-kahn met with prosecutors in new york yesterday. no official announcement after. prosecutors are still investigating the case which appear to be near collapse after it was revealed strauss-kahn's accuser lied to investigators. in pom employee in a spain, day one of the san fermine festival famed for its running of the bulls. more than 900 yards dash through the city's bull ring. a few injuries reported we're told but nobody was gored.
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there was a chilling new terror warning from the government this morning. >> we've seen terrorists with the shoe bombs, the infamous underwear bomber. now talk of a surgically implanted explosive, cbs news correspondent nancy cordes reports. >> reporter: it sounds like science fiction but law enforcement officials say al qaeda is exploring how to implant a bomb in a human body to try to avoid detection at airports.
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the terror organization even expressed interest in recruiting surgeons. >> the u.s. government has received information, intelligence about terrorist intent to use this type of concealment and this technique to try to carry out plot to blow up planes. >> reporter: al qaeda has tried something similar before, in october of 2009 a suicide bomber traveled to meet a saudi counterterrorism official with a bomb wedged between his buttocks. he was able to clear security, but when the bomb detonated, he was the only one who died. >> the body of the suicide bomber himself actually shielded many of the potential victims in the room, and so i think the science behind this is not exactly well worked out by the terrorists. >> reporter: u.s. officials insist they have no indication of a specific eminent threat. al qaeda's newest approach shows how determined the organization is to place a bomb on a plane. al qaeda's two previous attempts
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ended in failure. the underwear bomber in 2009 and bombs inserted in printer cartridges in 2010. homeland security officials say they are most concerned about international flights bound for the u.s. >> we put out an advisory to inform our foreign partners on steps that they could take in terms of their layers of security. we've also shared that with our u.s. carriers who travel overseas. >> reporter: the tsa say air travelers particularly those headed to the u.s. from abroad can expect nor searches and patdowns in light of the recent warnings. nancy cordes, cbs news, reagan intersena international airport. pilot fatigue is one of the most serious safety issues in the air. >> thousands of airline pilots could be making it worse spending hours just getting to work. john blackstone has that story.
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>> many airline pilots see it as a perk for the job, they can live anywhere they want. the new study by the nationally research council found one in five pilots lives more than 750 miles from their airline base but there's not enough data to know if long commutes leave pilots too fatigued to fly safely. >> it calls for more work to be done and data to be gathered to address the issue. >> reporter: the colgan air crash near buffalo killed 50. the co-pilot had flown overnight from washington to newark where the flight started. the pilot lived in florida. there. >> there are a lot of commuters in this business and that doesn't mean all of these commuters are coming to work fatigued. >> reporter: retired captain mark weiss lived in washington, d.c., but was based in chicago. he'd fly in the day before he went to work. >> i might have to put myself up
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at a hotel in the area, that comes out of my pocket because it's my choice. >> reporter: pilots and flight attendants who have a long commute often use a place like this, they call it a crash pad, an apartment where a dozen or more may sleep before starting duty. this crash pad near san francisco's airport can accommodate as many as 15 with plenty of signs making clear it's a place to rest. in los angeles, pilots sleep in crash pads in rvs in an airport parking lot, but crash pads and commuting are not as much a problem says captain chesley sullenberger as the character itself. >> the industry has changed, our days are longer, we fly more hours per day, we may fly on early schedule one day and late schedule the next. >> reporter: the faa is developing new rules due this summer to fight pilot fatigue. airlines complain giving pilots more time to rest will make flying more expensive. john blackstone, cbs news san
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francisco. >> the national research council says pilots should avoid getting only six hours of sleep before reporting for duty. >> do you ever get six hours of sleep? >> sounds familiar, we're not flying though. >> good thing. up next, trips for tourists. >> richard branson is selling tickets right now, all you need is $200,000. he's going to tell us about his newest business adventure and how he sees that cost dropping dramatically in the next few years. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. the fast absorbing body lotion for moisture that lasts all day with breakthrough 24 hour hydraiq technology. ♪ absorbs in seconds. ♪ lasts for hours. ♪ new express hydration with hydraiq. part of the essentials range. nivea. a hundred years of skincare for life. nivea.
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as the space shuttle program comes to an end, so many people are asking what's next. british business tycoon richard branson has one answer, planning the world's first commercial space tourism service. mark strassman sat down with the virgin group's ceo to get the details. >> reporter: as one era ends and the aging shuttle fleet retires, a new opportunity begins, private space travel. >> release, release, release. >> reporter: space tourism as a
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business for someone bold enough to jump at it. >> going to be the beginning of a whole new era of spaceship travel which will bring spaceship travel to reality for thousands of people rather than just a few hundred. >> reporter: in 1990, sir richard branson, the british billionaire and adventurer registered the name virgin galactic after his innovative and successful career in traditional airlines as well as telecommunications and music, branson's now setting out to conquer the final frontier and realize a lifelong dream. when did your fascination or interest in space begin? >> the moon landing, i was quite young. >> it's one small step for man -- >> it's one of those momentous moments in your life. >> one giant leap for mankind. >> i was sure i was going to go to the moon sometime soon thereafter, and the years rolled
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by and it soon became apparent that nasa hadn't really got a big interest in sending you or me or joe public up into space, and so i was determined to do something about it. >> reporter: and in 2004 his determination paid off. burt rutan of scaled composites, the company contracted to virgin galactic built the first private space manned vehicle, and flew it successfully into space. today, rutan is now contracted to build five spaceship twos for virgin galactic. >> you can see some widgets up on the top which is a technical term, widgets. >> reporter: matt stinemetze is the program manager in charge. >> brings back the glory days of aviation when people are doing new and bizarre stuff. >> reporter: that new stuff is
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new technology that allows the spaceship to re-enter the atmosphere safely. >> imagine a spaceship that can travel at 3.5 times the speed of sound but fold itself in half. the wing articulates upwards and what that does is sets the vehicle up for safe re-entry. >> reporter: the wing feathering design propelled branson to believe he had built a safe enough vehicle to book seats into space but for most people the cost to fly still makes space travel just a dream. $200,000 a seat, and yet already virgin galactic has banked more than $55 million in reservations. six passengers at a time will board the private set sized spaceship attached to the mother ship. together, they'll climb to 60,000 feet where the spaceship will be dropped and a rocket will launch it into space, travel three times the speed of sound. within minutes, the roller
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coaster sensation will end, and everything will be silent, and weightless. >> once into space they'll unbuckle, they'll float around, they'll look through these giant windows, look back at the earth, and they'll have the biggest grin on their faces. >> reporter: brian binny has had the spaceship firsthand. seven years ago he piloted spaceship one into space. >> you have the thin blue electric ribbon of light, all yours for the taking, it's, wow! >> reporter: it's an experience branson himself is eager for. >> i have to pinch myself to realize we built a spaceship we plan to go up in, in a year's time, something which i could only have dreamt of when i saw the moon landing years and years ago. >> reporter: mark strassmann, cbs news, mojave, california.
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welcome back to "the early show" here on a thursday morning. it is 7/7/11, open 24 hours. i'm chris wragge along with erica hill. a huge amount of the strategic oil reserve was recently released. what difference does it make? 30 million barrels were released. we'll look at the decision and the impact. president obama works with leaders on the impact of budget cuts. he'll offer changes in social security benefits. eric cantor offered wednesday he's open to closing loopholes.
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>> good morning. >> there's been a fair amount of movement over the last 24 hours. we mentioned the president putting social security potentially medicare changes on the table. you're open to looking at some loopholes and both sides seem open to raising the cuts to $4 trillion. with all of that do you believe we could get a compromise and even a deal today? >> well i'm hopeful that we can resolve the issues that come between us as quickly as possible because erica as you know too many people are out of work in this economy and the fact is that our economy needs to get a signal from washington that we are going to begin to manage down the debt deficit in this country and that's what today's meeting at the white house is about. >> are tax loopholes the only compromise you're willing to bring to the table or is there something more? >> for the last six or seven weeks we've had several discussions ongoing about how we actually address this problem and the core of the issue is the country is spending entirely too much money, it's borrowing 40
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cents of every dollar it spends. we can't afford to do that just like people around their kitchen tables and small businesses can't afford to do it so how are we going to address that situation? that's first and foremost. we put together a package of trillions of dollars of savings. i believe that both sides can come together to begin to embrace those savings and manage down the debt and deficit and in return the president has asked us to increase the debt limit of this country. so again i hope that we can do this and we can begin to focus again on how people get back to work. i know erica in my hometown of richmond people are very anxious about this economy and looking to see how we can get back to a growth oriented picture. >> people are also anxious for lawmakers in washington, this includes both parties to get this done. they have listened to this issue for weeks, actually months at this point. tell me specifically is there anything else, yes or no that you're willing to bring to the table this morning? >> as we said yesterday, it's important for us to focus on the
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real issue here, and those are not some of the corporate loopholes or preferences that exist in the tax code. all of us agree we need to simplify the tax code and lower rates, that's what helps create middle class jobs. it is about finding areas where we can agree and set aside the differences and hopefully that will be the spirit of the meeting today at the white house. >> there's been so much talk over the last couple of months as we have looked at this issue of the debt ceiling and the approaching deadline, talk about if the u.s. were to default, if you come to a compromise that may not happen but is there any concern in washington that perhaps the reputation of this country may already be damaged by airing so much laundry, politicking on both sides, bickering, talk about how we may not be able to hurt our bills, is that hurting the standing already? >> i think the country has a long history of active public discourse, going back to the very founders of this country. i come from a district where james madison first represented
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us in virginia, so it's clear that even then there was spirited debate. what i do think though is most americans then and now believe that the country should pay its bills just as they're expected to do at home and with that, i believe that we can come together, we can find ways to cut spending, to get our fiscal house in order so we can begin to grow the economy again and people can get back to work. >> this meeting is obviously between party leaders. is there any concern, because we've seen a little bit of a shift in the republican party as to whether or not you'll be able to sell this final compromise, we're thinking positively here to the rest of your party? >> i don't think any of us relish the notion that somehow we've been sent here to do just this. we relish the notion this is a huge privilege to represent the people of our districts and what they're expecting is for us to begin to get the fiscal house in order here in washington. i do think that there will be a
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spirit of trying to get results here so that the people that elect us can regain their confidence that they've got a federal government that understands its limited role, but can provide the environment for entrepreneurs and small businesses to begin to create middle class jobs again. >> we will be watching. we appreciate your time this morning, house majority leader eric cantor thank you. >> thank you. now here's chris. >> erica thank you. two weeks ago the white house announced a release of 30 million barrels of oil from the strategic petroleum reserve. the idea was to force oil prices down but today the price of crude is higher and cbs news business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis is here to tell us why and what it means for gas prices. governor had done this since katrina back in 2005. what has this done for gas prices? >> this is really the problem because dipping into the strategic petroleum reserve hasn't created the oomph for american consumers they were looking for. initially what happened,
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gasoline prices at the pump dropped about a nickel. now all of a sudden you see them going back up, climbing again and that is a problem as far as keeping prices lower. the whole idea behind this was we'll take some out of the strategic petroleum reserve and push them back down. >> let's talk about driving habits for americans. according to aaa the current national average is $3.58, still way up. >> still more than 80 cents higher than it was last year and that's a problem as well. americans are dealing with that in an interesting way. they are cutting back on their own driving for 15 straight weeks, mastercard spending polls day shows american consumers have cut back on their gasoline consumption. we have seen demand drop in light of the higher prices. >> why are the prices still continuing to move on the rise? >> when you look at what we did when we withdrew from the spr it was really just a drop in the bucket. the entire strategic petroleum reserve has 727 million barrels of oil in it. we withdrew 30 million barrels.
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we are withdrawing 30 million barrels over the next month. what happened though is that 30 million barrels is just a drop in the bucket when you consider how much oil we use on a daily basis in this country, 18 million barrels. if you think about that number it really only gets us by for about a day and a half. >> talk about china for a second. most people don't realize china, not the u.s. is the world's leading consumer of oil. their gas consumption, how is that affecting, is that affecting the way we are at the pump? >> it is having a huge impact and one of the major factors that drives the price of what we here in the united states pay at the pump. the reason being china consumes about 20.3% of all the world's energy the united states consumes 19%. like you said they're a much bigger energy consumer. they are growing in the chinese economy. they're growing so fast that they're consuming more and that is driving up the price of oil here. >> okay, big picture right now the people at home want to know what's it going to do with our gas prices here, relief any time
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soon? >> in china they're concerned they're growing too fast. they've taken steps five times in the last eight months to cool their economy, something called increasing their interest rates there. they've done that to cool the economy and the hope is by doing so they'll soften some of the demand for oil and in turn pay less at the pump by the end of the summer. >> market impact here. >> what you see is when oil prices go up, this is interesting, when oil prices go up our markets tend to go higher. oil helps companies like exxon mobil which are big major companies that trade here. so it's an interesting impact, you can still be paying more at the pump and feel the pinch as a consumer but certain companies like the oil companies are going to do better when those prices go higher. >> rebecca jarvis thank you very much. here's jeff glor at the news desk another check of the headline this is morning. >> chris good morning to you. in syria, another exodus, hundreds of people fleeing hama,
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ahead of an expected crackdown. demonstrators staged their largest protest in the four-month-hold uprising. casey anthony returns to court this morning, could be released from prison as early as today. jennifer ford one of the jurors told abc news there wasn't enough evidence to convict her for killing daughter caylee. >> if you're going to charge someone with murder don't you know how they killed someone, where, when, why, how? those are important questions that were not answered. >> also, she may be told to pay back certain costs to the court. dr. anthony galea pled guilty in buffalo yesterday, sentenced in october, his clients included tiger woods,
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alex rodriguez and a number of other sports stars. the u.s. is under order this morning to stop enforcing don't ask, don't tell. the policy that banned gay men and women from serving openly in the military, an appeals court in san francisco said the rule must be lifted immediately, now that the government says it's unconstitutional to treat gay americans differently. ten minutes past the hour, scott pelley has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." >> before the shuttle astronauts rocket into space, they get a lift from a team of highly trained elevator operators, but what happens to these employees when the shuttle program ends? find out tonight on the "cbs evening news." and now over to marysol castro and another check of our weather. mary, good morning. >> good morning, jeff, good morning, everyone at home, as we take a look at the lower 48, the southeast is pretty warm and humid and we're going to see a few pop-up showers throughout the day and keeping all eyes on cape canaveral. 70% chance of rain tomorrow which will likely affect the
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final shuttle launch. the northeast clears out nicely around the great lakes, dry and warm, we could see a coastal storm in upstate new york and into northern new england. let's look at the pacific northwest, we have a coastal storm system coming through on the front edge of that storm, you're going to see really warm temperatures, boise at 92, idaho falls at 90, missoula a balmy 90, along the coast the temperatures come down the last few days folks in seattle and portland temperatures above normal, a welcome relief and southern plains it continues to be sweltering, the eastern southern plains fuelled with moisture from the gulf coast, you could see maybe a few drops of rain but the places that need it, roswell and amarillo it's going to continue to be
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space shuttle program can you still say i want to be an astronaut when i grow up? we thought we'd ask the next generation. we went to huntsville, alabama, to meet a group of space campers who still have plenty of stars in their eyes. >> apu prestart. >> reporter: america's future space explorers, hard at work on a summer's day. eagerly playing the part of mission specialists. >> orbiter. >> reporter: engineers, and yes, astronauts. okay so first thing we have to know, who wants to be an astronaut. lucky for these kids, they can test all the possibilities here at space camp. >> bunny hop. >> reporter: everything from building and launching rockets. >> you can find the center of gravity. >> reporter: to trying their hand at a space walk to that ordinary worldly feeling of weightlessness. >> no matter how many times you do them you never get tired of making your body going to all
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sorts of angles. >> reporter: more than half a million have experienced space camp since its launch in 1982. it's nearly as old as the shuttle program. >> first space shuttle. >> reporter: which was clearly its inspiration. >> panel c2 shoulden on your keypad. >> reporter: from the moment you arrive on campus the shuttle is everywhere, even part of the logo. so what happens when there is no more shuttle? was there ever a moment you thought, but that's whey wanted to do. how could they end this program? >> i was a little disappointed but you know, space is never going to stop being explored. >> people will be forced to come up with new technology, come up with new ways to explore space and maybe that will spark creativity and end up with new, improved and better ways than the shuttle to get what we want to get done. >> it's going to be the beginning of another way of getting there. >> reporter: retired navy captain and astronaut robert
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hoot gibson inspired missions. he is a regular visitor to space camps and counting on the kids. >> reporter: does it give you hopes for the space program to see the excitement and energy? >> it does but not erica just for the space program, for the idea of technology. i tell young people okay, maybe the space shuttle is going to stop flying. we are still going to need you to be astronauts in the future, because we are always going to need astronauts. so don't give up on that dream. >> reporter: a message these campers hear loud and clear. >> high fives all around. >> to a lot of people space seems like an abtract idea, rockets and stars and all that type of stuff but you no he what? once you come here you're like oh, wow, there's all sorts of stuff that you can do in space. it's not just astronauts. >> flight director, where are you? >> right here. >> you are the boss lady of the
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mission. most of them probably won't get to be astronauts. they'll just get to be scientists, they'll just get to be physicists. they'll be astro physicists a stron mer stron mers, engineers. >> reporter: as these campers watch "atlantis" and the shuttle program, launch for the last time, they'll be listening a bit more closely. and maybe even planning the future mission of their own. >> with all the changes going on, programs ending, new opportunities to open up going to mars and all that, you know it's really interesting to see where we're going to be heading next. >> a lot of positivity and excitement for the future among those kids. all 50 states have been represented at space camp, 40 countries. so far one graduate of the space camp program that's made it into space, dottie metcalf-lindenburger flew to space on the shuttle last year and quite an inspiration for a lot of kids.
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we saw traditional july 4th celebrations, this wasn't one of them if you were barbecuing watching fireworks. what a way to spend your fourth skiing. this was in utah, winter record snowfall, more than 65 feet, the longest skiing season ever. of course you can go to the lake. hit the slopes, then the water, for a little bit more. the snow was doing a lot pour water sports lover this is spring and fall, that was lake meade in nevada. >> snowskiing and jet skiing. nasa prepares for the shuttle launch. we'll talk to senator marco
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rubio about the impact space exploration has on his home state and what can take place for the thousands of jobs that will go away, lots of suf sneers, t-shirt shop, and restaurants. >> and number of areas around the area, we'll focus on florida. when a member of the military is killed during wartime the president often sends a family the letter of condolence, that didn't apply to families of soldiers who committed suicide. >> now after a story last week a story by elaine quijano joins us with more. >> good morning. the president made the change in the condolence letter policy to remove the stigma associated with one of the unseen wounds of war, suicide. in a written statement, the president said "this issue is emotional, painful and complicated but these americans served our nation bravely.
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they didn't die because they were weak, and the fact that they didn't get the help they needed must change." iraq and afghanistan veterans of america, which has been advocating for more mental health programs for veterans called the president's action long overdue. >> i think symbolically it is very big. symbolically it is a public acknowledgment that a lot of these issues, these invisible injuries that service members are dealing with we need to take more seriously. >> chance was not trying to seek honor nor being a coward. >> reporter: greg and janet keasling have been fighting for the tolecy change since 2009, the year their 25-year-old son chance killed himself on his second tour in iraq. they say acknowledgment from the president gives them some comfort. >> he was a good soldier, and so i think that's the part that i want to know that the country appreciates, that he fought, he did everything he was asked to
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do. >> there are still military families who will not be receiving condolence letters. the policy change does not include service members who commit suicide or die in training accidents in the united states. >> interesting development, thanks for staying on that. elaine quijano with us this morning. >> jeff glor with one more look at the other headline this is morning. good morning. >> good morning to everyone at home. congressional leaders meet with president owe ba this ma this morning in talking about trying to raise the nation's debt limit. the president says cuts in social security are on the table now and republicans appear willing to close some tax loopholes for businesses. at a twitter town hall yesterday president obama said the debt ceiling should not be used as a weapon to get tax breaks for millionaires. casey anthony could walk out of a florida jail today. people have been lining up all morning outside the courthouse where she'll be sentenced for lying to investigators. she could be released for time served, on tuesday casey anthony was found not guilty of killing her daughter, caylee. britain's royal newlyweds
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>> final look at today's weather, the focus is the central plains, another storm system is on its way. springfield you get the bulk of it, looking at gusty winds that could reach 70 miles per hour, also looking at flash flooding and spotty hail that lasts for the next 24 hours. from here we go to the northeast and a new storm system, yet another storm system along the coast, literally hugging the coast comes in over the next 48 hours, could affect weekend plans so from virginia through northern new england some form of precipitation today, tomorrow and into saturday. today mostly washington, d.c. and roanoke. philadelphia is dry but the storm system comes in the overnight hours could dump
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thanks so much. that's your latest weather. it has been quite a year of weather out west. marysol covered the record-breaking snow. even in the summer that turns out conditions to be ideal for skiing, whether you like to ski in the snow or on the water. cbs news correspondent john blackstone reports. >> reporter: utah's trademark motto is the greatest snow on earth but this year the state has been bragging about some of the latest snow on earth. >> never seen it in july before. >> reporter: at utah's snowbird resort the ski season that stretched to the fourth of july this year is the longest on record here, it provided a unique opportunity to enjoy a winter sport on a summer day. >> we're comfortable.
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>> yeah. like i run in july. >> i'm thinking about taking the shirt off it's so hot. >> reporter: the chance to ski in july was the payoff for enduring a brutally long winter not only in utah but throughout most of the mountain west, in california, sierra, nevada the snowbanks were still so high in june it looked like january. in utah, more than 65 feet of snow fell this winter at snowbird, a record for the resort. >> i think the ski industries are dependent on mother nature and she treated us to a year full of powder and such good snow. >> reporter: that good snow was getting a bit slushy by this week but for skiers in t-shirts and shorts the changing mountain scenery was part of the thrill. >> crazy. i'm used to seeing snow everywhere. there's green trees, waterfalls, stream as high as it's ever been. >> reporter: not just skiers who are happy. this is putting smiles on faces
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hundreds of miles away from here. all this snow becomes a whole lot of water, which is great news here at lake meade, america's largest reservoir near las vegas. >> this year we're going up quite quickly. >> reporter: for gail kaiser, it's a refreshing change after more than a decade of drought that left plague meade with half the water it once held. >> this is where i used to play here, way back in these koefz and tho coves and the coves are not there anywhere. >> reporter: the whitewater is how high the level once was. the marina had to be moved again and again to keep boats in the receding water. >> sad when you're watching it go down and down, and then with the change, it's like such a drastic change to be going up so fast. >> reporter: for water lovers, lake meade is a recreational
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place in the nevada dezered, last fall it reached its lowest levels ever. the long southwestern drought began stirring worries the days of water sports could be numbered. >> the high is much better than low, that's right. we have more beaches when it's high, so more places to go. >> reporter: lake meade created by the hoover dam is more important than boating. a major component of the colorado river system which supplies drinking water to 20 million people including residents of the southwest's biggest cities, phoenix, los angeles and las vegas but authorities aren't ready to declare the long drought ever. >> we have an extra year to see what happens next year and that's really all it is. if we get another bad year next year we'll be right back where we started from. >> reporter: once all the runoff from the melting mountain snow reaches lake meade the water level will only be 56% of capacity but at least boaters can say the lake is now half full instead of half empty.
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and up at snowbird, ski season officially ended this week, back country skiers are still welcome to try the slopes at their own risk at the mountains and on the water it's a season to remember. john blackstone, cbs news, lake meade, nevada. >> here's chris. >> thank you. an estimated 9,000 jobs in florida will be lost, when nasa space shuttle program ends this morning. kelly koebbe yay latalked to residents of titusville, florida. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, chris. those jobs you mentioned add about $600 million in wages into the local economy into cities like titusville. a lot of that money is going away, a big hit at a bad time. florida's space coast has seen better days. people are losing their homes to foreclosure and businesses to a bad economy. and now this. >> when the smoke clears, i'm
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out of here. >> reporter: travis thompson is one of nearly 3,000 shuttle workers who will soon be unemployed. he's part of the close-out crew getting the astronauts ready to launch for the past 28 years. >> my job is to put astronauts into spaceships, and america's not going to be doing that for a little while so i need to find some work. >> they estimate for every job lost on the space side we'll lose two jobs in the city so it's a big ripple effect. >> reporter: rob summers is already feeling it. summers owns a tee shirt printing shop in titusville. nasa is his best customer. >> it's driving my business right now. >> reporter: percentage wise? >> probably close to 50%. >> reporter: orders from other companies have dried up. summers lost his home to foreclosure last year. he's hoping to save his company by taking it online. >> if you drive down the street down the main thoroughfares in titusville it's not usually to see a third of the business
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empty. look at the malls. we don't have a mall anymore. >> reporter: are you worried? >> absolutely. i think everybody in this community is very worried. >> reporter: when the apollo program ended in the 1970s, titusville became a ghost town. the shuttle program brought it back to life but it's no longer the only industry in town. th lauril le e thompson's family opened the dixie lee restaurant in 1983, the year the shuttle "challenger" took its first flight. >> remember, this is not the end of the space program. >> reporter: today thompson employees 120 people, her restaurant seats nearly 500, and tourists are her mainstay. >> the overall economy and gas prices have affected business here at our restaurant worse than the shuttle layoffs. >> reporter: these shuttle layoffs have come in phases over the past two years so it's not one big hit. the final layoffs will happen after the shuttle "atlantis"
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mission is over. no doubt there will be a knock-off effect. the question is how big will the fallout be and chris, that's what has a lot of people worried, the unknown. >> yen' they should be worried by the looks of it. kelly cobiella at the space center, thank you. the concern over the economic impact on florida stretches to capitol hill where senator marco rubio joins us now. good morning. thank you for joining us. >> good morning. >> 2009 nasa spent $2 billion. the loss of the program is having a huge impact. what can be done to minimize the effect. what do you tell people in titusville to say hang in there? >> telly's piece outlines the impact in florida and the space shuttle program is critically important for the state and important for the country. there's a national security component to the space program and economic and commercial applications developed in space
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so i think the impact of it will be felt across the country including in texas and other parts of the country where there are contractors and here's what i tell people back home displaced by this. the sooner we can get a replacement program in place the better. right now we don't have anything to replace the shuttle and that's why these folks are hurting. >> the manned space flight is vital to u.s. interests. how big of a concern is this for you, the fact there is no next step right now? >> i think we should all be concerned. from now on we have to pay the russians $50 million an astronaut to send americans to the space station and we have no plans to have anything in place to replace the shuttle any time before 2016. for washington to be ashamed it took so long to deal with this and something's not in place but it's important for america moving forward because china, india are investing heavily in their space programs we cannot afford as americans to lose space supremacy. >> we talked about richard branson and virgin galactic.
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are private companies the next best option for u.s. manned sprays flight? >> they'll have a role in lower but the real big gains going places we haven't been before that has to be a function of nasa. the commercial aspects you've outlined that will absorb some losses and that's a positive development, something we should encourage but reaching out there and doing things we haven't done before that falls on nasa and rightfully so. >> i want to ask you about the debt ceiling, the president talking about a massive $4 trillion cut to the deficit, we've reported this morning the democrats have agreed to cut into some entitlements, republicans have agreed to closing some loopholes, representative cantor was on the program with us this morning, do you feel that a deal is eminent with the new plans on the table? >> i don't know about eminent. i don't want to exaggerate but i'm hopeful there's progress. the outlines of the deal have involve the control of spending and the economy and one of the ways to grow the economy is tax
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reform not tax increases but things in the tax code are broken and wrong and don't make any sense. let's reform the things and flatten the tax code so it's fair and lower for everybody. that will help our economy grow and create more taxpayers and generate more revenue to pay down the debt. >> senator, thank you for taking the time with us. we appreciate it. 81 countries, one big brother, and we're going to show you how the reality show franchise is pulling in big ratings all over the
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you've been waiting for "big brother" kicks off a new season on cbs, season number 13, which puts it in a rare breed of shows that survive over time, the appeal isn't just here in the u.s. "big brother" is a global phenomenon. in dozens of countries, turned out the game is as varied as the language. here's national correspondent ben tracy.
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>> if you ever talked to any man like this in this house, no, because you're a punk. >> reporter: if you think it's just an american show, think again. various variations, are worldwide. >> welcome to "big brother. jgs. >> "big brother" has 19 different versions. global phenomenon doesn't get bigger than that. [ speaking in foreign language ] >> reporter: from italy to israel. to germany. every edition of "big brother" follows the same basic game plan, a house full of strangers with diverse personalities are pulled from the entire spectrum of society, locked away for months on end, the volatile mix guarantees tears, trials and
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triumphs. week by week house guests are eliminated until one winner remains taking home between $100,000 and $500,000 cash. >> very early stages of brainstorming about "big brother" we often had the discussion how interesting can it be to put ten people in a house and just watch what they're doing. and in the end it turned out to be a major success and very compelling to watch people. >> reporter: 11 years ago "big brother's" first u.s. season followed the international model but the format that worked everywhere else did not work here. >> hi, i'm julie chen. >> when we first started the show we did it by the book, which is we had america vote on who they wanted to stay in and who they wanted to kick out. and i found out that americans we don't like conflict. americans voted out the most interesting players in the game. it was put to us ultimately to decide how do we make this interesting for an american
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audience and we really had to take the power of the weekly vote out of the viewers' hands in order to do that. >> the winner of "big brother" is -- congratulations hayden. >> reporter: now in the u.s. the house guests themselves vote to determine who will win the half million dollar prize. >> i voted for you baby, congratulations. >> reporter: but that's not the only difference between the u.s. and foreign versions of "big brother." >> the funny thing about the foreign version it's almost like a game within the game, how soon will it be how soon before they jump into bed with each other. >> it took us four years of this show until we had sex in the "big brother" house because we are more conservative as americans. not that i'm saying there should be sex in the "big brother" house i will say in the uk, netherlands in italy, strangers were having sex like three days
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in. >> free love! >> reporter: ultimately the show's creators say big brother's international success goes beyond mere sex appeal. >> it's not about swearing and nudity and not about sex, it's about all the relationships inside the house. >> reporter: and it's safe to say the whole world is watching. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> that new season of "big brother" premieres tonight at 9:00, 8:00 central here on cbs. >> three days, fumigate some of those -- >> talk about not wasting any time. >> if you incorporate alcohol in a hot tub, put cameras on. >> they forget the cameras are on them in three seconds flat. >> yes. >> yes they do, the way they comport themselves. >> they forget. >> you never forget. >> well, i operate as though a camera is always on me. >> wise move, pretend your microphone is always on. >> one never knows.
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